Anne M. Eberhardt

3,000 Derby/Oaks Tickets Go Quickly

More than 50,000 online requests in first five minutes.

Churchill Downs reported that its online sale of 3,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) reserved seat packages sold out Jan. 6 in 48 minutes.

The limited number of two-day ticket packages, which ranged in price from $172 for individual first floor grandstand bleacher seats to $6,390 for a six-seat box in the third floor clubhouse, were made available exclusively at Churchill Downs’ new online box office,
Tickets went on sale at noon. EST and were sold out by 12:48 p.m.
“The demand for both Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks tickets is truly exceptional,” Churchill Downs Racetrack president Kevin Flanery said. “The rapid sellout of this limited offer reaffirms that these two premier racing events comprise America’s hottest, most extravagant and glamorous springtime sports party. Our online approach gave everyone a fair shot to purchase highly coveted reserved seats, and we’re truly appreciative by the level of support shown by sports fans and entertainment seekers around the world.
“There was extraordinary demand with more than 50,000 online requests within the first five minutes,” Flanery said. “We’re thrilled for those who were fortunate to purchase reserved seats and sympathize with those who didn’t have the luck of the draw this time around.”

The online only ticket sale was originally scheduled Dec. 16 but postponed due to a "potential data error."